Psycholinguistics

Tue 27th

14:20 - 14:40

Think before you tweet!

The way we use language offers unique insights into the inner workings of our minds. But just how much can we learn from a single writing sample, particularly a short one like a post to social media?

In this study, 86 romantic couples wrote briefly about a time when they felt emotionally vulnerable. Many participants wrote very little and writing samples were often in incomplete sentences. These writing samples were digitized and analyzed for comparison with participants’ responses to personality measures.

This research study is another example in psycholinguistics demonstrating just how much we may reveal, knowingly or unknowingly, when we hit “Post”.

Jasper Elan Hunt

Psychology

College of Science and Engineering

The story starts one foggy morning in 1996 when I was born in Michigan, USA. Since I was very young, I have always wanted to travel to the UK. Eventually, life brought me as a teenager to a small town in Wyoming, where I first studied psychology as a high school student. Then, when I subsequently enrolled at university, I was entranced as I learned more and more about the inner workings of the mind. Eventually, my search for greater knowledge connected my latest obsession with my earliest: I could further my studies in psychology by coming to the UK.